Smiling over spilt milk

What do you get when have a dad home for lunch on a day off school, a couple of glasses of milk and two children, ages 5 and 2?

Well, one day last week that added up to one big mess.

The way it worked out that day, after all was said and done, is all three of us had milk on our clothing.

All while the mother laughed from a distance – she was enjoying not being in the thick of things for once.

So how did we get to that point?

Let’s take it from the start.

Our 2-year-old son is learning how to drink from a regular cup instead of his sippy cups and this has been a bit of roller coaster ride.

Sometimes it’s good and there’s no mess but this time it was bad. He tossed back the cup a few times with some milk getting into his mouth but much of it spilling into a bib we have for these situations. Milk splatter also soaked his pants.

A few minutes later, after he proclaimed himself “All done,” he whipped off the bib and it sent the reservoir of milk from the bib onto me and soaked the knee of my pants.

Then just a few minutes later, in an unrelated cow juice accident, our 5-year-old daughter soaked herself by spilling her own milk.

That’s three people, one lunch table and all of us with milk-soaked clothing.

Now, you see why my wife, who is usually on top of these things, enjoyed her break from afar with a chuckle.

She said she used to spill her milk a lot as a kid and upset her parents – so I’ll blame her for this trait in our young ones.

It’s not often 75 percent of my household has milk spilled on them in the span of 5 minutes – that’s hard to do even if you are trying.

I went back to work with a smile and a milk-soaked knee. Don’t worry I’m sure I’ve had worse stains on my work clothes and got away with them.

We continue to train the 2 year old on the use of the regular cup and he’s getting better.

But if you see me out an about with milk on my clothes, you can pretty much guess where it came from.

Reporter Andrew Potter is a Tuesday columnist for the Times-Republican. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don’t necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or